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Monday, March 1, 1999

Isle GOP bid gets boost
from flying saucer

Officially, Bob Awana, who managed Linda Lingle's unsuccessful gubernatorial bid, and former state House Minority Leader Quentin Kawananakoa still haven't decided whether they'll be seeking the chairmanship of the state Republican Party.

But Eugene Douglass has. Douglass, who last year failed to win the GOP nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D), announced his candidacy with a news release that had a cover sheet showing a picture of a flying saucer beaming up a cow. It declared: "Attention: People of Earth. Join forces now, or you will be destroyed."

Douglass believes the isle GOP should be "open to people of all nationalities and backgrounds who share our pro-family, small-government, lower taxes beliefs" and "that innocent human life must be protected, from the partially born infant to those suffering in a terminal illness."

THE BODY'S GOAL WASHINGTON -- When flamboyant Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura looks at his future, he sees one of two things: the White House in Washington or a beach house in Hawaii.

The former pro wrestler, whose political victory last year startled the nation, made a quip-packed, crowd-pleasing appearance at the National Press Club last week while in town for the National Governors' Association conference.

When reporters asked if he might be interested in running for president, he responded: "I could end up down the street here in that big White House, or I could end up living in a hut on the beaches at Kona, where I would throw my watch away and know that when the sun comes up in the morning, you get up; when it's straight overhead, you eat lunch; when it goes down, you go to bed."

Tough choice, that.

By Star-Bulletin staff

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